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Last Snow Day!?

March 10, 2013

Here in Chicagoland we get really excited about the first snow of the season.  We get even more excited when we think it might be the last snow of the season.  I’m tired of shoveling, and driving through the stuff.  But I do like to take advantage of the snow for my fabric dyeing.  Friday I got the report that the temperatures were turning warmer and the pile of snow outside my door would probably be disappearing.  (I hope, until next December).   Many of you might think, “last chance for skiing, snowman making or sledding”.  I think, “last chance for snow dyeing“!  I cut some fat quarters of kona cotton and soaked them in some soda ash water.  Then got a couple of buckets, layered one scrunched piece of fabric, a pile of snow and a sprinkling of 2 or 3 fiber reactive dye powders, then another scrunched fabric, more snow, more dye powder and on and on until I reached the top of the bucket.  Saturday I came into the studio anxious to see what awaited.  Rinse and hang to dry.  Today (Sunday) I pressed them and boy am I in love with the results!  I can’t wait to incorporate some of these into a recent commissioned wall hanging that I  working on.  Too bad it rained all day today and the snow is gone…I’ll have to wait until the heat of the summer to do some ice dyeing in the wading pool!!!

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  1. March 11, 2013 8:32 am

    These are gorgeous!

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